The Samples Behind Big L’s ‘The Big Picture’

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Power 106‘s Wax Only series has dropped a new episode, this time to review the samples from Big L’s second and final studio album, The Big Picture.

Wax Only is a series that showcases samples used on classic hip-hop albums. It is hosted by Power 106’s Production Director, Vin Rican.

The Big Picture was scheduled to be released in 1999, but Big L was gunned down on February 15 of that year. It was instead released posthumously on August 1, 2000. The 24-year-old New York native had been recording it at the time of his death.

The album debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. It sold over 72,000 copies in its first week and was certified gold three months later.

The Big Picture featured the popular singles “Ebonics,” “Size ‘Em Up,” and “Flamboyant.” It was produced by several hip-hop legends, including DJ Premier, Lord Finesse, and Pete Rock.

Watch above to see Vinny go through the samples from the album.

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